The Victorian Government has announced some important changes to COVIDSafe measures for schools that will apply from the start of Term 2.
What to do if my child tests positive
1. If students receive a positive test result at any time, they must report this through the Department of Health system (Rapid antigen tests | Coronavirus Victoria) or via the coronavirus hotline at 1800 675 398
2. Phone or email the school to report the positive result. (This is so the school can record that the student will be absent while in 7-day isolation, provide support and learning materials if needed, and let the rest of the school community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms)
3. Enter the details on the COVID Test portal (or ask the school to record the details for you).
4. After completing the 7-day isolation period the person is not required to participate in the RAT screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. In addition, if a staff member or student has recovered from COVID-19, they are not required to get tested or isolate/quarantine if re-exposed to a case within 12 weeks of ending their isolation period.
All students and staff who return a positive result from a rapid antigen test should also follow the latest advice at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests
From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.
Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to quarantine. They may return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times during their 7-day period. They are required to notify the school that they are a household contact.
Students aged 8 years and above who are household contacts are required to wear face masks when indoors at school unless they have a valid exemption. If a student household contact returns a positive RAT result, they must isolate for 7 days.
Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The third dose vaccination requirements apply to any visitors or volunteers performing work on school sites. This includes:
RAT screening program
RATs will continue to be supplied for the first 4 weeks of Term 2 to support the early detection of COVID19 in our school. The testing recommendations will remain the same this Term for students and staff with twice a week testing (or 5 days a week for those who are medically vulnerable).
As we approach winter and flu season, the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 and booster shots for students 16+ remains the best way to ensure protection for students and staff. If you have any concerns about getting your child vaccinated, please get in contact with your GP or another health professional who can answer your questions.
At the end of last term, the school received a further 23 air purifiers which means that all classrooms and office spaces have air purifiers and larger spaces such as the library and the hall have multiple air purifiers. Ventilation will continue to be an important covid safe strategy so windows will remain open and students will need to remember to always have a jumper handy.
If you ever need further clarification or have questions, please call the office.
Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our school safe.